The Best of the Board Café gives nonprofit board members just-in-time guidance to the issues at hand. This lively guide is a compilation of the most-requested articles from CompassPoint Nonprofit Services' online newsletter Board Café (www.boardcafe.org ). Because board member's time is scarce, articles are "short enough to read over a cup of coffee."
If you’re on a nonprofit board, you probably know about CompassPoint’s lively online newsletter Board Café (www.boardcafe.org ). Now, the most-requested articles and best thinking of its nearly 30,000 subscribers are gathered together in The Best of the Board Café.
This complete guide offers a menu of ideas, information, opinion, news, and resources for nonprofit boards—all short enough to read over a cup of coffee!
You’ll find a wide range of useful of topics, including:
Myths and urban legends about nonprofits
The CompassPoint model for governance
Board member’s roles, including job descriptions for officers and various committees
Five big decisions boards often face
Guidance on how to handle the crucial relationship between the board and the executive director
Key legal documents you should know about: bylaws, incorporation papers, IRS ruling letters, and more
Seven things the board chair should check before filing Form 990
What boards need to know about insurance
How to recruit new and diverse members
What to do with board members who don’t do anything
What makes for productive board meetings
Fundraising and financial accountability
To spark discussion, the articles in this unique guide are formatted as handouts so they can be easily shared.
Whether you’re a new or veteran board member you’ll find real-life, practical food for thought in The Best of the Board Café.
"A must-read, must-have for nonprofit board members. If only every board member knew the nitty-gritty provided by this book, the effectiveness and efficiency of boards (and executive directors) would triple overnight." -- Barry Z. Posner, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge
About the Author
About CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
About Nonprofit Boards and Executives
Alligators in the Boardroom: Myths and Urban Legends about Nonprofits
2. Responsibilities of the Board: The CompassPoint Board Model for Governance and Support
Why Do Nonprofits Have Boards?
The CompassPoint Board Model for Governance and Support
A Board Member Contract
Key Documents: Bylaws, Incorporation Papers, IRS Ruling Letters, and Others
Table of Contents for a Board Binder
The Board and the Staff
The Board’s Role in Human Resource Administration
What Are the Board’s Responsibilities for Volunteers?
What Is an Advisory Board and Should We Have One?
3. The Board–Executive Director Relationship
Hiring the Executive Director
Job Description for an Executive Director
Searching for a New Executive Director
How Much to Pay the Executive Director
Evaluating the Executive Director’s Performance: Three Approaches
Executive Director’s Performance Assessment: Sample Board Survey
Should the Executive Director Have a Vote on the Board?
Firing the Executive Director
When the Executive Director Leaves: The Job of the Board’s Executive Transition Committee
4. Big Decisions: Strategic Plans, a 360-Degree View, Mergers, and Closing Down
What to Do When You Really, Really Disagree with a Board Decision
A 360-Degree Organizational Assessment
Should Your Nonprofit Be Considering a Merger?
Thinking about Closing Down
The Right Way to Go Out of Business
5. The Board Manages Its Own Affairs
Board Self-Assessment: Are We Doing a Good Job?
Conflict of Interest
Orientation and Integration of New Board Members
What to Do with Board Members Who Don’t Do Anything
Removing a Difficult Board Member
Should We Have a Board Retreat?
6. Composition and Recruiting: Who Is on the Board and How Did They Get There?
The Board’s Composition and Profile
Eleven Cool Ideas for Finding Hot New Board Members
The Diversity Issue
Young Voices in the Boardroom
Diversity for Organizations Based in Minority Communities
Questions to Ask Candidates for the Board
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Joining Your Next Board
Dominating Personalities on the Board
7. Officers and Committees
Frequently Asked Questions
Should the Board Have Committees? If So, Which Ones?
Board Committee Job Descriptions
Governance Committees: New Trend on Nonprofit Boards
Year-Long Agenda for a Board Committee
Annual Report from a Board Committee
Job Descriptions for Board Officers
How Often Should the Board Meet?
Ten Quick Ways to Invigorate Board Meetings
Ten Tips for the Board Chair on Meetings
The Strategic Board Agenda
Better Board Meeting Packets
Should the Board Hold Executive Sessions?
9. Boards and Fundraising
True or False: The Board Should Raise Money
Five Ways One Board Member Can Raise $100 to $5,000
Eight Easy Ways for the Board to Get Started with Fundraising
10. Boards and Finance
A Board-Staff Contract for Financial Accountability
The Board and the Budget (Beauty and the Beast?)
Cash and Investment Management
Loans from Board Members
Seven Things the Board Chair Should Check Before Filing Form 990
What Boards Need to Know about Insurance
About the Author:
Jan Masaoka is executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services , a leading consulting and training firm for nonprofit organizations. As a member of CompassPoint’s staff, she consults to a wide range of nonprofit organizations in financial management, boards of directors, and program evaluation. She has been the chef/editor of the Board Café newsletter since its inception in 1997. Her published work includes Why Boards Don’t Govern* (coauthored with Mike Allison) as well as numerous articles for nonprofit publications. Jan has been a board member of a wide range of nonprofit organizations, including the Asian & Pacific Island Wellness Center, YWCA of San Francisco, the San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds, and the Rooftop PTA. She recently completed two terms on the Telecommunications Commission of the City and County of San Francisco. For the past five years she has been named by NonProfit Times as one of the “Fifty Most Influential People” in the nonprofit sector nationwide.